I'd love to know how many people with lupus suffer from the clumsies, either during a flare, or as a warning a flare is about to start.
Our house is geared for the clumsies. We use plastic cups instead of glasses. There are a few glasses around still, but I'm getting rid of them, one at a time.
I have out the good china, and make a point of using it, because life's too short to leave the good stuff in the china cabinet and just look at it - but if I'm not well, I tend to use things that aren't so precious to me and are a bit tougher.
When I have the clumsies, things simply fall out of my hands. I can break anything. We bought a Correlle dinner set - the ones that are guaranteed not to break - specifically for when I have the clumsies. Correlle can and does break. (No, I didn't claim on the guarantee that it won't. It would be unfair to expect any company to guarantee anything against my clumsieness.)
The first Correlle piece I broke came as a complete surprise. It pretty much exploded when I dropped it - bits of breakfast bowl went flying in all directions across both the kitchen and dining room. My son and I just looked at each other in surprise and said, "Wow!" We swept up, but still found shards all over the place for days afterwards.
When I was a kid, I used to get the clumsies a lot. It's one of the reasons my mother labelled me as "useless", because I could drop and break pretty much anything, I would walk into walls (it helped when I got glasses and didn't miss the doorway so much.) At the same time, I would start to get a bit "vague" (what I now know as "brain fog".) As a kid, that got me labelled as "stupid" and "slow". (My poor mother never could understand why her "dumb" kid got three degrees while her "smart" ones didn't finish high school.)
I haven't found the clumsies on any list of recognised symptoms in any book or website for lupus that I've read. It's certainly not on the list of symptoms that help lead to a diagnosis. But anecdotally, from reading other lupies' blogs, I find that I'm not alone with this problem. It's probably a great topic for some medical researcher to study in depth.
I don't have the resources for an in-depth study. But I am curious. Lupies, let me know - do you get the clumsies? If so, when? Is it a warning that a flare is coming? Or does it usually happen during a flare? Have there been times in your life when it has been more or less frequent?